(Thai) BL recommendations. Part II

Also, check out the other parts

I really like BL series and I realised many other people like it too. Recently (since I’m working on this post since like forever, I guess, it was some time ago) one of my favourite websites with a list of BL movies and shows closed down for whatever reasons and now I’m pretty much devastated. So, I decided I’m gonna do something about it and name some other BL series recommendations (to at least help my fellow watchers)

I will also write some pointers on why I liked/disliked it and why you should/n’t watch it.

Side note: I already published a post with Thai BL recommendations (like a part I), so I won’t mention those recommendations again.

Side note 2: This time I will probably include some series/movies from other countries than Thailand too. Maybe. Let’s see.

Side note 3: While I sometimes say ‘this and this thing came from a movie’ or things like that, some things may have a comic or a novel as an original basis. Since I don’t know Thai, Japanese, Chinese or any other Asian language except for some Korean, I may not know about the original basis for some things, since I probably haven’t read the novel or comic. So please excuse if I make any mistakes like that.

Side note 4: I DO NOT RECOMMEND STUFF WITH SAD/DEADLY/BAD ENDINGS. They may be bad as in cliffhangers or strange but no real bad ones. I hate bad endings.

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Movie and Series

Last time I recommended My Bromance which came from a movie and was turned into a series (which you can watch without seeing the movie). This time I will recommend something similar. This one also came from a movie but I’m talking about both here.

Waterboyy.

Waterboyy. The Series. originates from a movie which comes from…I actually don’t know whether it was an original idea or if it comes from a novel or something like that. Well, the story in the movie and the series differ quite a bit.

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THE MOVIE. So, the movie is fast-paced and has some scenes that seem off or strange but by halftime the whole movie will make sense and have you enchanted. In general the movie is really sweet and a joy to watch. It’s about Nam, a playboy who likes to party, do perverted stuff and is a great swimmer on the school team. One day another boy transfers in, named Meuk and  they have to share a dorm room. Soon feelings begin to spark between the two boys.

Like I said the movie starts of slowly and it seems like the producers don’t even know where they want to go with this at the beginning but it picks up the pace quite soon and you’ll see some development. What I liked especially was the fact that you could see Meuk and Nam falling for each other equally and while they may not show it the same way, by the end you realise they are head over heels for each other, even if the ending is different than you may expect. Also I appreciated the closeness between them during the movie and other people noticing it too (and taking it positively).

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THE SERIES. Like with every Thai series, there is more than one storyline, so that’s something that is different from the movie. It’s not only about the two boys anymore but there are sooo many more storylines going on. If you say ‘I only like BL stuff to be about BL stuff’ then you’re gonna end up skipping a lot of scenes. Also a lot of people seem to think there is no chemistry between the BL couple although I don’t really share that sentiment. I admit that the chemistry is off in the first few episodes but it really picks up over time and by the end I thought there was no better pair than those two (even if you wanna slap one of them for how he behaves sometimes). Also the actor playing Apo (in the role taking the role of Meuk – they are all named differently in the series) is soooo cute and an amazing actor.

Also I think that the actor of Min (who was part of one of the straight couples in the show) did an amazing acting job too. I watched his storyline just for him.

The series took me some time to get over the first few episodes but then I just decided to go for it and I totally fell in love with it and watched it in one night and a day. I definitely recommend this for a nice Bl drama with quite some passion (physically and emotionally). I loved it.

Side note: you’ll see a lot of actors from other shows in the Waterboyy movie and series. Like Earn from Love Sick or M from Sotus or Phun from Love Sick (although he plays a straight guy this time).

Side note 2: SPOILER…this show is one of the few Thai BL shows which does feature some reaaal kissing and not just some pecks. I loved the stairs kiss!!

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Side couple

The following recommendation is not mainly about a BL couple. There is a BL couple there but it’s not the main couple. Still I like them a lot. Also because the ending for them was just oh so satisfying.

Side note: I loved this ending sooo much. Probably one of my favourite endings for a BL couple. 

Senior Love: Puppy Honey

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Puppy Honey has two season, just so you know. It’s about two friends in college, Porsche and Pick, and they are studying to be animal doctors (I think…I forgot a lot of the details of season 1 sorry). Their club, though, is on the verge of being disbanded if they cannot get any new members. So one day they meet Emma, who likes cats but despises and is scared of dogs, and Rome, her shy and gay best friend who is easily intimidated. And Porsche and Pick plan to make them join the club even if it means stalking them in a dog costume (that was so cute and creepy at the same time) or forcing their hand to fill the member application form (literally). 

What I think is amazing in season 1 is actually the fact that I not only liked Pick and Rome as a couple but also Porsche and Emma even though I only started watching for the BL. But Porsche and Emma are just too cute. So in Puppy Honey you actually get a lot of natural and slow development of couples. They don’t really fall for each other in just a few seconds of seeing each other but start caring for the other person and trying to make the other one happy. Pick and Rome …hm…let’s just say I think this is probably a very realistic portrayal of a one-sided crush although I love that Pick isn’t exactly angry about it but more like empathic towards Rome even if Pick can be a total douche sometimes.

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I recommend watching Puppy Honey if you have no problem with other non-BL couples as well as a slow pace. For Pick and Rome…I would watch the whole two seasons again just to enjoy the ending XD

ALSO, this just has to be one of the best shows regarding friendships. Pick and Porsche are just so great and funny together. Always making me laugh.

Side note: SPOILER!!!! ……..I just love how Rome tells Pick he can show his cool outside to everyone else but doesn’t have to use it with him, since he knows Pick’s cool already. Also when Pick just decides to give in and tells Rome straight up that he’s in love with him and even says it at the date later. 

Club Friday S08: True Love or just confused?

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I’m not a hundred percent sure I got the right number for the season but the rest should be correct for the name. I don’t really get myself why I’m recommending this. Maybe because I liked it more than I should have. The ending is not exactly happy but also not really bad…It’s more like you yourself can decide how to interpret it and decide whether it is a good one or a bad one. 

TLOJC is about two guys in…I think it was in school or college…, Todd and Meng, who became best friends. They do pretty much everything together until one day they have a fight. They lose contact and later meet again when working at the same firm. It’s about Meng calling to the radio programme Club Friday (someone at least told me that there was a real call like that and that is were the story came from…or I’m confusing it with another series) after the whole storyline of the four episodes went down and asking for advice. So everything is told in retrospect. 

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I liked it a lot more than I should have regarding the ending. But the chemistry is just sooo good. Also compared to other shows the guys don’t fall into the more typical characters of one giving in and the other taking charge. If you decide to watch it just be prepared for A LOT of drama. A whole lot. 

Side note: Many may wonder why I’m recommending this, since it’s definitely not fluffy or too happy at all. Slight SPOILER!!! Because the feelings in there are just so deep. They both try to stay away from each other, they try everything they can but in the end, they just can’t…and they need a lot of time to realise how deep their own feelings are…the story may be “whywhywhy” but the feelings are just short of “as epic as it gets for BL love”.

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Addicted

Addicted or Addicted Heroin or whatever is the official name now is probably one of the biggest BL shows out there. It’s a Chinese series and there was supposed to be a second season but then China, being China, decided to ban LGBT stuff from TV and online and the second season got cancelled. Still I love the series.

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It’s about Bao, who lives with his father and one day meets rich Gu Hai, who is angry with his father who married another woman and decides to attend a normal high school as revenge, and Gu Hai is immediately enthralled by his classmate. Soon they start spending most of their time together but there are still sooo many obstacles waiting for them.

As far as I know this series comes from a novel. It has a steady storyline and good acting and every flaw is balanced out by the great chemistry between the main characters. They match so well and even though there is a lot of tsundere going on they are just lovely together. No really, the one fact that makes up for like 90% of its flaws is the great chemistry between the two lead actors.

Side note: if you don’t know what tsundere means…please Google it. I’m just too lazy to explain it here. 

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Mother and male daughter-in-law / My monster in-law

EDIT: Since I’m not much for proof-reading it took me like 2 weeks to even realise that I put a vietnamese show, I think, in a Thai BL recommendations post…well, sorry. Now you know, I know that this one is not Thai.

Like with the other post I will try to recommend something that is not the most known or common thing. MMDIL has multiple translations of its name but search it with this one and you should find the right one (it’s even on youtube with eng subs). This one is from Vietnam, I think. If I remember right, it has around 30 episodes.

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MMDIL is about a mother whose son Cuong one day comes back from abroad, married. To a man, Jackie. Afraid her son will leave she decides to ‘accept’ Jackie and teach him all about being a daughter in law…and maybe get rid of him at the same time.

Let me just say, this show takes some getting used to. At least for me. Because Jackie is supposed to be from the US I think and so he uses a lot of English in the beginning. But don’t worry he’ll change to mostly Vietnamese a few eps in.

This series features really funny and good acting (especially later on), a fascinating main character (don’t ask me why but I just cannot stop watching Jackie), a believable married couple and character development. I was very surprised when I saw how open the main couple was with kisses and couply moments. I appreciated it a lot since they ARE married and it seemed real and not just like an act. Also the interactions are just really nice. It’s funny. And compliments to the mother, she was great and while she wasn’t always nice you could kinda understand her sentiment and feelings.

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Together with Me

Okay maybe I should recommend “Bad Romance” before that… Together with Me is the prequel/sequel series of Bad Romance.

Bad Romance told us the story of the couple Knock and Korn and their best friend Yihwa. It was a story about jealousy, love and commitment and gave us a cringenly happy ending.

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Together with Me is currently airing and gives us what we all wanted…to know how Korn and Knock originally came together. Together with Me is that story.

While I think Bad Romance was nice and okay, I’m totally in love with Together with Me. It’s nice to see the BL story of two long-time friends falling in love and getting together and knowing that it won’t end in tragedy. It’s still airing but I would still recommend watching it …(it’s also on youtube subbed by LazySubber and believe me…the show is totally different since this subber actually gives some commentary and it’s just amazing).

I’m really curious how the story progresses.

Side note: There’s also another interesting BL couple in the series.

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So for now, these are my recommendations. I’m mostly just too lazy too write more…if you like the recommendations or want a general list of what you could watch or have any recommendations yourself, feel free to recommend in the comments below.

Bye Bye

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21 thoughts on “(Thai) BL recommendations. Part II”

  1. Together with Me was my first BL ‘drama’ and I was absolutely hooked. Admittedly, the plot was extremely banal and the story a bit off when connected with Bad Romance, but the chemistry between the leads was nothing short of explosive. Knock and Korn’s actors were really magnificent in their roles, coupled with the fact that they are extremely handsy with each other, like seriously it’s YAOI. And I’ve read a lot of Yaoi mangas/fanfics/doujinshis in the last couple of years to be acclimated with boyxboy relationships.

    Hence, I had assumed that other BL shows would run along the same lines. Imagine my disappointment when it did not. 2 moons and Sotus were cute as fuck, but relative to Together with Me they’re incredibly mild (really really so). I rest my case.

    Now I have something to ask, is the main pairing in Waterboyy the series the BL couple?

    Nevertheless, what a gorgeous set of recommendations!

    1. Thanks and sorry to say it like this but you definitely picked the wrong order to watch it =) watching Together With Me, one of the more “developed” and “mature” shows first is not the best idea because the other shows are mostly cutiepie and cloud 7 style but less …ah, let’s face it, erotic. Although I may have some recommendations more suited for a mature audience and where it’s pretty handsy too, although I don’t know how open you are to non-Thai shows and other asian shows and movies and how many you’ve already watched.

      There are three main couples in Waterboyy the series. One of them is boring as hell (and straight) – and I only watched them because I knew the male part from a BL show – one of them is onesidedly interesting (also straight) – both of them boring but the male actor is soooo good…I only watched them because his acting was great imo. And then there is they main couple. And yes they are handsy…horrible chemistry in the beginning, good chemistry in the end and not as innocent as many others, but not as strong as TWM.
      If you want other recommendations, just tell me and I’ll put them on the blog too =3

  2. Yep. I actually realized that screw my friends, and I’m absolutely depressed about it. I’m going to try Waterboyy the series, thanks for the info.

    I’m open to non-Thai shows, and a glimpse of your other mature recommendations would be lovely. I’m desperate. I don’t know what’s with the handsy shows that really gets me, maybe because those touches make it more believable?

    On the other hand, I’m not really opposed to cute shows either. I’m really excited for Sotus S and the second season of 2 moons. I wanted to try other shows but I’m terrified of sad endings, they’re not really conducive to a sane mind and an undamaged heart (I’m too fragile, lol).

    I wanted to try addicted, but a lot of people have been dismayed because of the cancellation of season 2. So um, should I just not watch it at all? Did it end on a sad note that a season 2 was essential?

    I’m probably annoying you with my incessant questions, (I’m so sorry.

    Looking forward to your new batch of recs 🙂 Stay awesome.

    1. If you’re open to non-Thai shows I have a whole bunch of other recommendations, so don’t worry there’s still some more stuff you can watch =D

      I totally know what you mean! I also like the handsy shows more because it sometimes just seems unrealistic that nothing will change after getting together, so totally on the same side as you there *keke*

      I also don’t like sad endings. We have fragile hearts it seems. Although I’m open to “open” endings where all possibilities are there. Just not sad ones. No never!

      I totally recommend watching Addicted. There are some small hints that weren’t resolved during season 1 and why you may end up getting angry for not having a season 2 but I haven’t regretted watching it. The chemistry…I don’t know why but it is really really good!

      Don’t worry, you can ask me anytime. I love recommending and talking with someone about stuff like that ^.^ let’s share the world of Asian BL and great chemistry =3

      1. I’m still working on those recommendations, in the later BL recommendations like Part III and IV and mention some but the problem is that many of the handsy shows have horrible storylines and I don’t wanna recommend bad ones, but if I find some good stuff, I’ll definitely put up a new post!

  3. Hi there, I’m reading your list, cause I’m relatively new in thai BL, I started watching some series like 2 months ago and I just finished Together With Me 2 weeks ago and now I feel no other series is going to satisfy me, like srsly, it was so good, they’re kissing scenes were just on point, no akwardness at all, something I didn’t get in SOTUS and 2Moons (I love MingKit more than the main couple tho), wich I watched first.

    I watched Addicted too, so I’m going to give it a try to some of your recommendations, but I’m looking for something as good as TWM and that’s really hard, it set the bar too high (Yeah, I’m a TWM trash)

    Thanks tho, xoxo

    1. The only other show I really really liked after TWM was 2Moons because it was so cute (so not what you’re looking for) but as a recommendation: Did you watch “HIStory Obessed”? I think this is very nice and also handsy. It’s a little bit…well, they call it Obessed but still I think it’s nice ^.^

  4. Omg, I feel related to the comments left here in a spiritual level. I haven’t watched many thai BL shows but some of them are really nice. My first one was 2 Moons (Back then, I didn’t even know it was thai, lol, I was just too invested in the Mingkit couple ’cause I like Copter so much). But recently this week I discovered HIStory: Cross The Line (And it’s like Haikyuu mixed with some yaoi, which makes it pretty interesting, lmao) and Together With Me, and I feel like I won’t like any BL after that. The Korn x Knock couple was just sooooo good. Do you recommend me to watch Bad Romance The Series? I really don’t know if it’s worth watching.

    1. After Together with me, Bad Romance (even though it’s the same characters) will seem a little bit bland since Bad Romance was produced before that and the actors were not as experienced than but I guess you have to watch it if you wanna watch The Next Step (also same characters, in production) so I recommend it. I totally know what you mean with not knowing if you find any better couple. The trick is not to compare to much and just take each couple differently, then you’ll definitely find some more favourites ^.^

      1. Yes, you’re totally right. Thanks to your post I took a week off from my social life (lmao) and I started watching bl dramas like crazy. I watched HIStory: Obsessed, which was nice, but not really my style, and same with Like Love. That said, I discovered one that I truly liked: Dar Blue and Moonlight. I fell in love with Pinjun <3. And right now I'm watching What The Duck, which is being pretty funny, actually (And Together With Me's Plern Pleng appears, I was shocked xD).

        I guess I will watch Bad Romance The Series right after, I really like Yiwha so I'll give it a chance. And yes! I heard about The Next Step and I am so freaking excited t_t Max and Tul have the best chemistry out there (for me) so I'm really looking forward to it.

        Sorry for bothering you, I don't have anyone else to talk about it 😛

        Have a nice day!

  5. Wow I’ve got exactly the same thoughts. I can’t really get into any other shows after TWM which was my very first BL. Their chemistry, acting, and hotness is just on an entire different level, plus I really love that they’re two guys in love instead of one being effeminate. Now I’m so lost while waiting for The Next Chapter. I tried Addicted, 2 Moons and What the Duck but I dropped them. I watched Water boyy but found it too cringey. HIStory: Obsessed was quite nice but I felt they were a bit girly. Dark Blue and Moonlight made me cry so much because I only liked Ping Jun and hated the leads.

    1. Good to know someone else has similar thoughts 😀
      Still I’d recommend picking up Addicted again. Addicted has a very slow start but captures you near the end. 2 Moons is like the cute little bro in the BL world, so if you did not like it til eps 3, I’d also recommend not watching it. What The Duck…well, that one’s just messy and strange, so I felt like I wasted my time there – great decision dropping it. Did you try HIStory 2? I did not watch DBandM, just couldn’t get into the characters, so unfortunately I cannot feel with you there 🙂

    2. I know, right? I like that they don’t try to sell that seme x uke thing where the uke normally is tiny, squishy, blushes for everything, etc? Now I’m soooo excited for The Next Chapter, I still have to finish Bad Romance tho, lmao.

      I also liked Pinjun so freaking much, he deserved so much better, honestly. 2Moons holds a special place in my heart ’cause it was the first one I watched and although the main couple doesn’t really excite me, I’m a sucker for Mingkit. I also dropped What The Duck, too boring for me, also I did like Mewart, their sex scene was so cute xD

      And I wanna try Addicted, tbh! Do you know where can I watch it?

  6. My first bl series was actually Sotus and I loved it and its what got me hooked to BL series. I’ve watched Grey Rainbow (sad one but meh twas cute hahaha), HIStory Crossing the Line which is also amazing and some other more like addicted and so on but Sotus really caught me and I really loved SingtoKrist chemistry. Because of that I watched He’s coming to me and I didnt expect that (spoiler alert) i’ll cry from (i wont mention but I cried for a good 20 or 30 mins). Seeing that most of the comments here had very high praise to Together With Me, I think Ill watch that next. Anyway thanks for these blogs. Mabuhay 🇵🇭

    1. Before watching together with me I’d recommend watching Bad Romance. It is not as good but it started the whole KornKnock story even if Together with me is the prestory. 😊

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